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Analysis: The Jilting of Granny Weatherall By Chrissy Hall
Background: The jilting of granny weatherall • By Katheine Anne Porter. • Written in the 1930’s. Published in the short story collection Flowering Judas and Other Stories. • Hapsy. “I thought you’d never come. You haven’t changed a bit!”… • Significance: “God give a sign”. Granny blows out her own light.
Life of Katherine • In 1922 she confessed that she had wanted a family but had many miscarriages. She was married to Ernest Stock who had given her ghonerrea. She divorced him. • In the late 40's and early 50's, Porter taught at Stanford and the University of Michigan. • Porter herself admired and says she was influenced by Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Henry James and Virginia Woolf. • Born in 1890; died in 1980. • Born Callie Russell Porter • Her mother died of complications of childbirth. Her father moved the children to San Antonio, Texas with his strict mother where the family lived in poverty. • Porter had four failed marriages, starting at 16, and numerous love affairs.
Katherine Anne Porter "I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction." "I have a great deal of religious symbolism in my stories because I have a very deep sense of religion and also I have a religious training. And I suppose you don't say, `I'm going to have the flowering judas tree stand for betrayal,' but of course it does." - KAP
References • Laman, Barbara. "Porter's 'The Jilting Of Granny Weatherall'." Explicator 48.4 (1990): 279-281. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 5 Feb. 2012. • Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 7: Early Twentieth Century - Katherine Anne Porter." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. 5 Fed. 2012. URL:http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap7/porter.htm